1926 in New Zealand

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1926 in New Zealand

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The following lists events that happened during 1926 in New Zealand.


A New Zealand census was held in March 1926.

Male Female Total
Usually resident population 716,310
Overseas Visitors 3,333 1,167 4,500
Total 719,643 688,497 1,408,140


Regal and viceregal[edit]


The 22nd New Zealand Parliament continued with the Reform Party governing.

Parliamentary opposition[edit]

Main centre leaders[edit]


  • Writer and adventurer Zane Grey first visited New Zealand, helping to popularise big-game fishing
  • Department of Scientific and Industrial Research established
  • Pavlova reportedly created by a Wellington hotel chef in honour of the visit of Anna Pavlova
  • Ash eruption of Red Crater, Mount Tongariro
  • Dr Leonard Cockayne publishes the first part of Monograph on New Zealand beech forests, which argued that the forests could be managed with a rotation of 80–120 years, but warned about overgrazing by deer.[3][4]
  • 15 April: By-election in Eden, won by Rex Mason (Labour). As a result, Labour became the dominant party in opposition, with 12 seats compared to the Liberals' 11.
  • 15 November: The Balfour Declaration asserts the right of New Zealand and other dominions to exist as an independent country.
  • 3 December: Nine miners died in an explosion in the Dobson coal mine near Brunner

Arts and literature[edit]

See 1926 in art, 1926 in literature, Category:1926 books


See: 1926 in music


See: Public broadcasting in New Zealand


See: 1926 in film, List of New Zealand feature films, Cinema of New Zealand, Category:1926 films



  • The 35th National Chess Championship was held in Dunedin, and was won by S. Crakanthorp of Sydney, his second title.[5]


  • New Zealand, along with India and the West Indies, is admitted to the Imperial Cricket Conference, increasing the number of test playing nations to six.


Horse racing[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

Lawn bowls[edit]

The national outdoor lawn bowls championships are held in Dunedin.[11]

  • Men's singles champion – W. Foster (Caledonian Bowling Club)
  • Men's pair champions – W.R. Todd, E. Tamlyn (skip) (St Kilda Bowling Club)
  • Men's fours champions – J.D. Best, H.G. Siedeberg, F. McCullough, E. Harraway (skip) (Dunedin Bowling Club)

Rugby union[edit]

Rugby league[edit]


  • 1926 Chatham Cup won by Sunnyside (Christchurch)
  • Provincial league champions: [12]
    • Auckland: Tramways
    • Canterbury: Sunnyside
    • Hawke's Bay: Whakatu
    • Nelson: Athletic
    • Otago: HSOB
    • South Canterbury: Colmoco
    • Southland: Ohai
    • Taranaki: Auroa
    • Waikato: Huntly Thistle
    • Wanganui: Woollen Mills
    • Wellington: Hospital














Exact date unknown[edit]






  • 1 October – Suzanne Aubert (Sister Mary Joseph), missionary nun (born 1835)
  • 9 October – Sir Arthur Myers, politician, mayor of Auckland (1905–09) (born 1868)
  • 18 October – Sir James Carroll, politician (born 1857)
  • 26 October – Frederick Pirani, politician (born 1858)
  • 7 November – Henry Baker, cricketer (born 1904)
  • 7 December – Charles Purnell, journalist, newspaper editor, writer (born 1843)
  • 12 December – Jane Preshaw, nurse, midwife, hospital matron (born 1839)
  • 22 December – Mina Arndt, painter (born 1885)
  • 23 December – Joseph Frear, builder (born 1846)
  • 28 December – Robert William Felkin, medical missionary, explorer, ceremonial magician (born 1853)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics New Zealand: New Zealand Official Yearbook, 1990. ISSN 0078-0170 page 52
  2. ^ "Elections NZ - Leaders of the Opposition". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  3. ^ Cockayne, Leonard (1926). "Monograph on New Zealand beech forests". N.Z. State Forest Serv. Bull (4).
  4. ^ "New Zealand plants - timeline - 1900 to 1949". University of Auckland, School of Biological Science. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  5. ^ List of New Zealand Chess Champions Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "PGA European - Holden New Zealand Open". The Sports Network. 2005. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
  7. ^ McLintock, A. H., ed. (1966). "Men's Golf - National Champions". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  8. ^ "List of NZ Trotting cup winners". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  9. ^ Auckland Trotting cup at hrnz.co.nz Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b c d e Lambert, Max; Palenski, Ron (1982). The New Zealand Almanac. Moa Almanac Press. p. 448–454. ISBN 0-908570-55-4.
  11. ^ McLintock, A.H., ed. (1966). "Bowls, men's outdoor—tournament winners". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  12. ^ "New Zealand: List of champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 1999.

External links[edit]

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